Michael Hammond


Michael has been writing for close to a decade. A former reporter and radio personality, Michael has worked for the Canadian Press, Waterloo Region Record, Ottawa Sun, Peterborough Examiner and a number of other publications. His first novel, Redemption Song, was published in print in 2006 by Baico Publishing. The book was a featured bestseller on CanadaBooksOnline.com. Michael lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife and daughter.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in southwestern Ontario called Corunna. It is on the border with Michigan, USA and located next to Sarnia's Chemical Valley, not to mention vast stretches of farm land. Growing up in the area gave me an appreciation for the stories of middle class families, blue collar workers and their daily struggles to get ahead. I think many of my stories reflect the theme of people trying to get ahead, make their mark in the world and grab a sliver of glory. To me, the most interesting story is not the story of the rich and famous but the story of the person next door.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in my teens when I dabbled in awful poetry. I started writing seriously when I was in my twenties and working late nights as a city hall reporter in Peterborough, Ont. Having much of the conventional workday to myself when everyone else was working, I found the silence a brilliant motivational force for my imagination. I wrote the bulk my first novel in four months.
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Smashwords book reviews by Michael Hammond

  • Jacob's Cross on June 30, 2009
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    Introspective story on how we deal with death. I really enjoyed reading this story. It left me with some questions in the end, but I'm guessing that was the point. Excellent writing.
  • Assisted Suicide on July 24, 2013

    A gritty, world-weary tale with thoroughly believable dialogue. An absolute gut punch of an ending.
  • Mount Good Take on July 28, 2013

    Beautifully written story by an author who has a wonderfully compassionate voice. An interesting take on the search for meaning in life.
  • Just One Day on Aug. 28, 2013

    A very stylish and slick read. The author does a masterful job of building suspense to the very last word. An incredible amount of detail and imagery for a short story.